Google has launched a version of the HTC Dream specifically for developers that wish to field test applications on actual hardware without relying on the SDK emulator or access to T-Mobile service.
The Android Dev Phone is notable for featuring completely unlocked GSM/UMTS hardware and an unlocked bootloader with Android 1.0 for development access to desired hardware on the device while featuring the same specifications as the consumer version without the carrier lock or restricted bootloader as found on the T-Mobile G1.
While Google touts that the T-Mobile G1 can be used for development in its retail form, it should be noted that this device is not recommended for consumers without some knowledge of firmware programming and image creation as the device ships with support for unsigned application execution and open firmware writing capability for loading different Android builds.
All that is required in order to purchase the device is a $25 application fee for the Android Marketplace along with registration information, and the device can be purchased directly from Google for $399.99 with a strict limit of one per individual or organization.
A total of 18 countries includingÂ the US, UK, Germany, Japan, India, Canada, France, Taiwan, Spain, Australia, Singapore, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Finland, Poland, and HungaryÂ will receive access to the hardware with future expansion planned to other countries down the line.